EAGLE PASS, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass arrested a Mexican national Saturday evening after finding $1.5 million worth of narcotics stashed his vehicle.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, CBP officers at Eagle Pass International Bridge I inspected a 2013 Ford Focus driven by a 24-year-old man from Guadalajara, Mexico. As officers were inspecting the car, a CBP canine alerted to the possible presence of contraband in the vehicle. An intensive search revealed a hidden compartment in the firewall that contained 36 packages of cocaine, weighing a total of 47.26 pounds, with an estimated value of $1,512,320. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
"Officer training and experience are vital to the detection and interdiction of illicit substances being brought into the country," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP port director, Eagle Pass. "CBP officers' efforts stopped yet another load of dangerous drugs from entering our country."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.